Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Third Ward Pub Crawl

In an attempt to bring the neighborhood together and build better
relationships in the 3rd Ward with our neighbors, the 3rd Ward Neighborhood
Association is going to start hosting social events specifically for
residents of the 3rd Ward.

That said, we are kicking things off next weekend with a bar crawl in our
own neighborhood.

We realize that this is the Holiday season and everyone is busy, but if you
could come out next Saturday afternoon for a drink or just to say hi and get
involved that would be great.

Please see the attached invitation.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Charlotte B-cycle teams up with CATS to offer discounted membership

Charlotte, NC – June 18, 2013 – Charlotte B-cycle has partnered with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to offer riders an opportunity to purchase B-cycle memberships at discounted rates. Effective immediately, riders will be able to purchase 1-year B-cycle memberships for $52.50. In addition, 5-month, $15 memberships will be offered for local students or faculty members (with a valid .edu email address).
Memberships include unlimited access to the Charlotte B-cycle system, which currently includes 200 bikes at 20 stations around Center City. The system has more than 400 annual B-cycle members in Charlotte.
“Many of the CATS bus stops and light rail stops are located near B-cycle stations, so the bikes can become another easy option to help these customers get around. Adding a B-cycle membership helps extend transit for customers – turning walk zones into ride zones,” said Dianna Ward, executive director for Charlotte B-cycle. “When added to CATS bus passes, a membership with Charlotte B-cycle allows riders to have several transit options when deciding how to get around the city.”
Charlotte B-cycle launched in August 2012 as Charlotte’s first and only bike sharing system. The system is designed so that customers “check out” bikes for quick rides between stations. “B-cycle is really perfect for commuters in Charlotte, but the system also helps increase health and wellness of our riders,” said Ward.
“CATS encourages many alternative modes of travel including trains, buses, vanpooling, biking and walking. We are pleased to partner with Charlotte B-cycle to offer convenient and accessible transportation that contributes to the overall health and air quality of the Charlotte region,” said Carolyn Flowers, CEO of CATS.
Discounted B-cycle annual memberships can be purchased online by clicking here.
Charlotte B-cycle, made possible by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, with Founding Sponsor Carolinas HealthCare System and Communications Sponsor Verizon Wireless is a program of the CCCP Community Trust. It aspires to increase bicycle usage in Charlotte and to decrease vehicle trips, thereby improving health and air quality. Charlotte B-cycle made possible by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina provides a convenient network of public use bicycles rented at a low cost for short-distance trips.  The system will make biking a more convenient and better integrated part of Charlotte’s transportation system. www.charlottebcycle.com. Follow B-cycle on Facebook (facebook.com/CharlotteBcycle) and Twitter (twitter.com/charlottebcycle). 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mecklenburg Library 110th Anniversary Open House

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is hosting an Open House to celebrate our 110th Anniversary.
This event will take place at our uptown library 310 N. Tryon St. on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 6pm - 9pm.
This will be an “invitation only” event, open to those who live and work in the Uptown area
There will be displays highlighting the library's many resources and offerings.  Many of our cultural partners will also have displays.
Prizes, music and refreshments!
Complimentary parking at Hearst Tower

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Chow Down Uptown

Chow Down Uptown - A Food Truck Festival Announces 2013 Dates
One location, 18 trucks, 6 dates this summer

What:           Chow Down Uptown- A Food Truck Festival
Where:        7th Street Station Parking Lot (224 E 7th Street)
When:          Thursday, May 2, 2013 (Future dates: May 16, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1 and 22)
                        5 – 9pm
Charlotte, NC – May 1, 2013 – Chow Down Uptown is back for its third year! Charlotte’s largest food truck festival showcases local food trucks at the 7th Street Parking Lot (located across from the 7th Street Public Market). Food vendors will be selling delicious choices including gourmet pizza, Italian heroes, pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches, BBQ ribs, pastries, cupcakes and more.

All Chow Down events this year will be held on Thursdays: May 16, June 6, July 11, August 1 and August 22. The events go on rain or shine (unless there is a severe storm or lightening). Food trucks include:

Auto Burger and Fry Guys
Clover Joe’s
Cupcake Delirium
Gourmet Goombahs
Herban Legend
Icy Treats
King of Pops
Roots Farm Food
Sal’s Roadside Eatery
Smoke and Go
Southern Cake Queen
Sunrise Grill and Sandwich Co.
The Homegrown Crepe
The Roaming Fork
The Wingzza Truck
Turkey And…

Parking is available for $5.00 at the Secure Parking Lot adjacent to Chow Down.  Please do NOT bring a cooler of alcoholic beverages as this is not BYOB. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased across the street from Chow Down at the 7th Street Public Market! FREE admission (food vendor pricing applies). Guests are welcome to bring outdoor chairs.

Please visit facebook.com/ChowDownUptown for more event information and the latest vendor participants. Some food vendors do not accept debit/credit cards; ATM available in 7th St. Public Market.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pet Palooza Charlotte

Third Ward residents can be a hero for our community's homeless and at-need pets by participating in Pet Palooza, the Humane Society of Charlotte's largest annual fundraiser, taking place on April 13, 2013. The event attracts more than 2,000 attendees and is fun for the entire family, both two legs and four! Register for the dog walk---form a team with family, friends, or co-workers and compete in the weeks leading up to the event to see who can raise the most money. After the walk, enjoy a vendor fair, fun activities, musical entertainment and the much-loved fido fashion show. We'll also have local food trucks and a beer garden. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte! Registration information and more details are available at petpaloozacharlotte.org.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Community Meeting, Tuesday 1/15

All Third Ward neighbors are invited to the next community meeting.  The Gateway Double Tree is graciously hosting all association meetings for 2013.  Please join us to discuss topics affecting our beloved Third Ward Community.  This up coming meeting will cover the ongoing street sign project, progress on the Knights Stadium, the new Childress Klein apartments, and the Bike share program in uptown.  You love Third Ward, We love Third Ward, lets get together to make it better!!!

Join us Tuesday evening,  January 15th at the Double Tree Hotel, 7:00pm
Parking is free at the hotel, you have nothing better to do! Be there!  

Third Ward is on one of the Queen City's fastest growing neighborhoods, lets keep it and make it a better place to Love!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

CMPD Newsletter

Happy New Year!

What’s your 2013 Resolution? How about considering crime prevention?

What’s more important than your family’s safety? We’ll use thus month’s newsletter to review some quick and easy crime prevention tips. The ultimate goal of Crime Prevention is to reduce the risk of being a victim. In order to do this effectively, it is important to remove opportunities for a criminal to take advantage of you or your property.

The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

During this time of the year, many people are returning packages and shopping for seasonal offers. Here are some tips about shopping safety:

Carry purses or bags close to you. Avoid dangling these items from your arms.
Never leave your packages and personal belongings in an unattended cart.
Don’t carry more cash than necessary. Most businesses accept debit and credit cards the same as cash.
Be careful not to display large amounts of cash
Park in well‐lit areas of parking lots and try to park as close to the business as possible.
Lock the doors to your vehicle and keep packages hidden in the trunk area or under the seats.

When it comes to Stranger‐Danger, it is important that kids know what to do if they are put in an uncomfortable situation. Three good rules for kids to remember are: 1.) Say "NO" loud and clear, it's alright to say no to someone you do not know. 2.) Run away and make noise; drawing attention to the situation will most likely make the stranger leave. 3.) Tell a safe adult about what happened and report the incident to local law enforcement.

Together, parents and children can pick a "Secret Password" to use in child safety scenarios. Pick a password that only parents and children will know. Once a password is decided on, do not tell anyone. If someone tries to pick the child up and says, “The parents said it was ok," the person must know the password. If they don't, the child should be instructed to say, "No".

Criminals know when government checks arrive, and may pick that day to steal your mail or worse yet, attack you. Avoid this by using direct deposit. Consider receiving your bank and credit card statements via email.

Proper interior and exterior lighting is very important in deterring Home Burglary. Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy. Exterior lighting should allow 100 feet of visibility. Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door. Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes. Alarm systems are also effective deterrents as well as signs.

Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. An open window, visible from the street or alley, may be the sole reason for your home to be selected by a burglar. Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices. Block accessible windows open no more than six inches for ventilation. Make sure someone cannot reach through an open window and unlock the door. Make sure someone cannot reach inside the window and remove the blocking device.

Always keep your vehicle locked when it is unattended. Don’t keep valuables such as cell phones, lap top computers, pursues or wallets inside your vehicle in plain sight. Even an empty back pack or bag can be inviting to a thief, they won’t know it’s empty. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, use it. If you are a victim of theft/burglary to your vehicle report it as soon as possible.

Never give your credit card number, checking account number, Social Security number, or any personal information to an unknown caller. Just say “no” and hang up on anyone who asks for personal information. Don’t ever assume a friendly voice belongs to a friend. Only give your personal information when you have initiated the call and are sure the other party is legitimate.

Lock all doors that access your home or other property while you are gone or sleeping. Set timers for lights if you are gone for an extended period of time. Having lights on when you are gone can give potential criminals the appearance that the home is occupied.

Garages (both attached and unattached) should be locked at all times. Detached garages have a variety of tools (and ladders) that can be used for entry and attached garages provide a burglar a hideaway to work.

Did you receive and gifts during the holidays? Take photos and record serial numbers as soon as practical. You knew bike stolen? A photo and the serial number will be very helpful and may help you to get it back.
Some criminals look at the dashboards of cars. If they see the cigarette lighter is missing, they figure there is at least a possibility that it has been taken out to accommodate a battery charger or power adapter for a cell phone. Unplug your cords and replace the lighter.  Don't give criminals an opportunity. Whether or not you have a cell phone; keep that cigarette lighter just where it belongs when you leave your car. If you do, you're much less likely to encounter a rude surprise when you come back.
Cold weather is here, no doubt about that. Just dressing to go outside in the morning to warm the car seems to take forever. It would be so easy just to start up the car, run back into that warm, cozy house and have a little more coffee. Not a good idea. In the amount of time it takes to walk into your home someone can steal your vehicle.
Always treat your garage door opener the same way you treat the key to your front door: keep it out of sight and away from strangers. A thief can use the garage door opener to get into your house.
Don't put off talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs. Open communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child avoid drug use.
Do you use public transportation?
Try to use well-lighted and frequently used stops.
Try to sit near the driver or conductor.
Avoid sitting near exits. An attacker can reach in and grab a purse or jewelry as the bus or train pulls away.
Be alert to who gets off the bus or train with you. If you feel uncomfortable, walk directly to a place where there are other people.

Trim back shrubbery hiding doors or windows. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb to second story windows.  Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well lighted.  Maintain the neighborhood. A dark alley, litter, and rundown areas attract criminals.

Install a peephole or viewer in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.
Owing a firearm is big responsibility. Record the make, model and serial number. Secure it when it’s not in use. Keep it ways from unsupervised kids.

Take your valuables with you. Do not leave them in your office or at your work space.
Have you joined a new gym? Always lock your locker-- make sure your lock is durable.
Do you:
Jog or walk by yourself early in the morning or late at night when the streets are quiet and deserted?
Stuff your purse with cash, keys, credit cards, checkbook- and then leave it wide open on a counter, a desk, the floor? Put your wallet in a jacket, which you then hang up or throw over a chair?
Let your mind wander-thinking about your job, or all the things you have to do-when walking or driving?
Think it's a waste of time to lock your car when you'll be back in a few minutes?
If you answered "yes" to any question, you need to change a few habits.
Make your work-place safer. Broken lighting, dark parking lots or broken locks should be promptly reported. Cut back shrubs and de-clutter windows.
Domestic Abuse usually is physical violence such as pushing, shoving, grabbing, pulling, slapping, choking, punching, etc. But it can also mean threatening, harassing, willfully depriving (withholding food, medicine, care, etc.), stalking, or interfering with the victim's liberty. Pay attention to your friends, family and co-workers. If this sounds familiar, help is available.